Trump steps up probe crit­i­cism

Pres­i­dent airs frus­tra­tions, say­ing spot­light should be on Clin­ton

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD - Dar­lene Su­perville

Pin Wash­ing­ton res­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­pressed re­newed frus­tra­tion yes­ter­day over the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged ties be­tween his cam­paign as­so­ci­ates and Rus­sian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, say­ing on Twit­ter that the “facts are pour­ing out” about links to Rus­sia by his for­mer pres­i­den­tial op­po­nent, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“DO SOME­THING!” Trump urged in one of five morn­ing tweets.

Trump’s tweets fol­lowed a CNN re­port on Satur­day that a federal grand jury in Wash­ing­ton has ap­proved the first charges in a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia ties led by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller.

Ty Cobb, a mem­ber of Trump’s le­gal team, said the Pres­i­dent was not re­fer­ring to CNN’s re­port­ing.

“Con­trary to what many have sug­gested, the Pres­i­dent’s com­ments to­day are un­re­lated to the ac­tiv­i­ties of the spe­cial coun­sel, with whom he con­tin­ues to co-op­er­ate,” Cobb said in a state­ment.

Trump and the White House in­sist there was no col­lu­sion be­tween his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Rus­sia. Both have pointed a fin­ger at Clin­ton and have sug­gested that the real story of col­lu­sion with Rus­sia is the sale of ura­nium to Moscow when Clin­ton was Sec­re­tary of State.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have con­cluded that Rus­sia in­ter­fered with the elec­tion to ben­e­fit Trump, a find­ing that Trump has not fully ac­cepted. Mueller and Congress are look­ing into al­le­ga­tions of ties be­tween Trump as­so­ci­ates and Rus­sia.

In the tweets, Trump ref­er­enced the fact that Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign helped fund po­lit­i­cal re­search into Trump that ul­ti­mately pro­duced a dossier of al­le­ga­tions about his ties to Rus­sia.

He also pointed to the ura­nium sale, the tens of thou­sands of emails from Clin­ton’s time at the State De­part­ment that she later deleted from a pri­vate email server, and the de­ci­sion by then-- FBI Di­rec­tor Jim Comey to not bring crim­i­nal charges against Clin­ton for pos­si­ble mis­han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

“In­stead they look at phony Trump/ Rus­sia ‘col­lu­sion,’ which doesn’t ex­ist. The Dems are us­ing this ter­ri­ble (and bad for our coun­try) Witch Hunt for evil pol­i­tics, but the R’s are now fight­ing back like never be­fore,” Trump said across sev­eral tweets. “There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clin­ton, and now the facts are pour­ing out. DO SOME­THING!”

In a fi­nal tweet on the sub­ject, Trump sug­gested that Rus­sia’s reemer­gence into the con­ver­sa­tion is no ac­ci­dent.

“All of this ‘ Rus­sia’ talk right when the Repub­li­cans are mak­ing their big push for his­toric Tax Cuts & Re­form. Is this co­in­ci­den­tal? NOT!”

On Thurs­day, Repub­li­can law­mak­ers are sched­uled to re­lease a tax cut bill be­ing pushed by the GOP law­mak­ers and Trump. — AP

Don­ald Trump

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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